OK, I finished A Pale View of Hills by Kazuo Ishiguro last night, and am completely disturbed. I need to talk about it. If you haven’t read this book. Memory is an unreliable thing: the analysis of memory in “A Pale View of Hills” by Kazuo Ishiguro. Kazuo Ishiguro’s A Pale View of Hills () details the thoughts of Et- suko, the protagonist, and her conversations with her younger daughter. Niki in England.

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I am not too fond of Ishiguro. In Praise of Semicolons. Quotes from A Pale View of Hills. Based on the first 5 books I’ve read this is his ta-da!

The French Exit: What the hell is up with A Pale View of Hills

Having enjoyed his two later major works I picked this up on a whim and was quite pleasantly surprised. Maybe a lot of it never actually happened. Jazuo Dadban July 2, at 4: Paperbackpages.

I frequently became confused early in the book as to whether I was reading the past or present as Ishiguro does not provide easy landmarks. I touched upon the effects of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in pae review of The Sailor Who Fell from Kqzuo with the Seabut that was a piece that didn’t pull its punches, and thus is very different from this subtle hydra interplay of many tragedies in a single life.

This post will be full of spoilers.

Anyway, I don’t know if you have mentioned two linked passages in the novel that can be very clarifying. It is a story of a Japanese woman now living in England, whose eldest daughter has recently committed suicide, recollecting her days in Nagasaki after the atomic bomb and the end of WWII, although surprisingly little is said about the latter and almost nothing about the former.


I imagined that maybe the night that Sachiko was packing up to move to the US and Etsuko was out chasing the traumatized Mariko, perhaps Sachiko just simply left before they got back to the cottage. Sachiko has a breakdown, or finds another man. Before that, she had watched the kittens drown but had not helped them. Retrieved 27 June The more I think about the ages of the children, though, the more I think it’s possible that Etsuko left her first husband and remained in Japan for some time before going to England.

Niki obsessing and reading through her father’s articles, Etsuko mentioning early in the book that her husband could never really understand Japanese culture.

Unknown May 24, at I tried reading Jazuo Unconsoled until the narrative started getting a little tough to follow. Etsuko has been retelling her history to herself to make it easier to stomach. The American occupation clearly led to many of the younger generation seeing alternative ways of life to that they had experienced before the war.

Clearly, she feels a great amount of regret, but the reader is deprived of the real reason why she feels like that. I’ve been thinking through all the possible readings suggested here and have agreed with them all at one point or another, though each leaves gaps to be had in making sense of other parts of the plot. I thought that right from the mention of the lady across the river.


Robert Cargill 1 C. This explains her premonition earlier that day, and her recurring dreams, in England, of a little girl “swinging” not on a swing, but by a rope. She used to come from a successful family, but lost everything, including all five members of her family, and leaving just her oldest son.

The analysis of memory in “A Pale View of Hills”

Elisa August 1, at 2: For Etsuko, the problem of the choice of which way of life to choose seems apparent in the lives of her daughters- to stay in a war-torn Japan seems embodied in Keiko and Mariko — to move to the West is to leave behind the old way of living the positive side of this was continually emobodied in caring for elder relatives and living with them.

This is difference between dates of generations is common motif though not most obvious in all Ishiguru books I have read but this one also shows characters who have other forms of prejudice then prevalent whether it be Japanese prejudice against women: Dipali November 23, at It seems, well, it seems like Ishiguro co-opted, or, more harshly, prostituted, such a historic event to create the illusion that his kazu has a deeper historical significance.

And the story vkew jiro and ogata to deal with parental guilt and derision. This theme of self vs. An Artist of the Floating World:

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